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FIRST® Headquarters will be closing on Wednesday, November 27 at 3 p.m. ET in recognition of the Thanksgiving U.S. Holiday. Regular business hours will resume on Monday, December 2 at 8:30 a.m. ET.

Deadline Approaching! 2020 FIRST® Choice Round 1: This is a reminder that the first round of FIRST Choice will close on Wednesday, December 4, 2019.  Lead Coach/Mentors 1 or 2 from secured teams may peruse FIRST Choice, populate Priority Lists, and prioritize items for Round 1. More information is available on the Kit of Parts page. Check out this helpful video here!

Deadline Approaching! Safety Animation Award sponsored by UL: The 2020 Safety Animation Award theme is ‘Sustainability on the RISE’. Students must submit their team’s Safety Animation video through the FIRST Youth Team Member Registration System. The student submitting must be marked as an award submitter. Animations must be submitted between Thursday, October 24, 2019, at 12 p.m. noon ET and Thursday, December 5, 2019 at 3 p.m. ET. Click here for more information.

Q&A Closing: The official Q&A will close on Thursday, December 5 at noon ET barring any questions that would result in another Team Update. If you have questions regarding the Pre-Kickoff Rules, please get them in today!

FIRST Alumni Judging Update: Check out this blog entry for an update regarding FIRST Alumni judging at FIRST® Robotics Competition events.

Mentor Recognition – Mentors help FIRST build tomorrow, and we want to say thank you! Please remember to invite all of your FIRST Robotics Competition team mentors into Team Registration by Wednesday, December 4, 2019, and check to see that contact and address information is correct by that date. Registration will allow mentors to receive this season’s recognition items during National Mentoring Month in January 2020.  Questions? Please send us an email at mentorcoach@firstinspires.org.

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FIRST Alumni Spotlight: We caught up with FIRST Alum Erin Mitchell, to learn about her FIRST experience in our latest Alumni Update. Are you or someone you know a FIRST Alum? Share your story and you might be featured in a future Alumni Spotlight.

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